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Business News: June 2008

Businessness in the Community that Support the Community
AFH partners with Katine & Nechman

By Nancy Ford

John Nechman (l) and Mitchell Katine.

AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc., and Katine & Nechman L.L.P. have announced a partnership to provide 30 minutes of free legal consultation to any HIV-positive client on the second Tuesday of every month, beginning June 10. The legal clinic is open to any HIV-positive individual from the Houston area seeking free counsel. Details: 713/808-1000 • www.lawkn.com.

O’LEARY NAMED ‘SAVVY’ VOLUNTEER At a luncheon held May 8 at Hotel InterContinental, long-time Bering Omega Community Services volunteer Brian O’Leary received Macy’s SAVVY Volunteer Award. O’Leary began volunteering with Bering Omega in October 2004, since then volunteering nearly 2,000 hours as an administrative, fundraising, and program volunteer. Details: www.bocs.org.

GET AWAY TO NEW MEXICO Guests of Linda Ross’ Bed And Breakfast of Santa Fe (formerly called Casa Pacifica Bed and Breakfast), describe the inn as “a comfortable and welcoming place” and “the best value in downtown Santa Fe.” 1705 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Details: 877/982-2078 • www.bedandbreakfastofsantafe.com.

GAY BUSINESS ON RADIO XM satellite radio has announced it has launched The Focus Group, the nation’s first show devoted to business from a gay perspective. Noted marketers Tim Bennett and John Nash have signed as hosts for the weekly program which aims to provide listeners with insights and conversation about gays and lesbians in business. The Focus Group airs Mondays, 7–8 p.m., on XM’s Take Five channel (XM 155). Details: www.xmradio.com.

SURVEY SAYS A survey focusing on gay and lesbian consumer habits has determined that Bravo, Apple, Showtime, HBO, Absolut, and Levi’s are the gay-friendliest brands, while WalMart, Dunkin’ Donuts, Cracker Barrel, Exxon Mobil, and Samsung earn the lowest marks from gay and lesbian consumers. The survey also revealed that more than two-thirds of gay and lesbian respondents said they are more likely to buy from a company they considered to be gay-friendly. The 2008 survey was conducted by Clark, Martire & Bartolomeo on behalf of the Prime Access ad agency and PlanetOut, Inc.

TWILIGHT YEARS Autumn Manor Homes is the Houston area’s first GLBT-affirming assisted living facility. Currently open in Spring, owner Blanche Hayden, PhD, says future plans call for a location closer to Montrose. Hayden is currently accepting applications from elderly individuals requiring 24/7 personal care. Details: 832/381-7830 • [email protected]


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